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After Hours Review: Reveal Me by Cari Quinn

Please give a warm welcome to the first Associate Reviewer to grace the PJV...Sayuri. Sayuri is from Scotland, so she has agreed to be the Parajunkee's View eBook expert. Please leave her some love in the comments and welcome her to the blog...and I just have one question, what is sexxorin’??

Genre: Romance, Erotica
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I usually have to be in the mood to read erotica. If not I tend to skip all the sex and just read the unsexy bits. This usually leaves me less than satisfied as erotica is about the sexxorin’. However, this short story pulled me in and then the sexxorin’ was icing on the cake. I really enjoyed this very erotic but surprisingly sweet romance from Cari Quinn.

Alana Macgregor or ‘Mac’. Is a bit a wild child. Always has been. At the beginning of the book we meet her at travelling underground sex club called ‘Kink’ where her boyfriend, Ramon, is in the process of splitting up with her. Pissed off she is getting ready to leave when she meets a guy at the bar and decides the best way to get over her ex-boyfriend is with a little red-hot action. Plus he reminds her of someone from her past. Carter Nicholas or ‘Nicky’ can’t believe his eyes when he sees Mac in Kink. He is there to do a story, not to hook-up. When he sees Mac he decides to go for broke and win the girl he crushed on in school.

This was a really sweet erotic romance. I really liked both the main characters. They made sense to me in the context of the story and as a couple together. Alana was really needy in terms of the attention she needed from other people. I liked that she owned up to that part of her personality and made no excuses or apologies for it even while realising that there was maybe something more that she wanted from herself and from her life.

Nicky was the perfect foil for Alana. He could see past some of the more flamboyant and self-destructive of Alana’s behaviour and made no excuses for her but accepted that part of her. The juxtaposition of Alana’s wildness and how that made Nicky take a step outside his comfort zone in terms of sex and Nicky’s steadfastness and desire for a relationship and Alana’s self doubt that she couldn’t sustain that was really cleverly shown in such a short format.

If you like your erotica hot and clever then this is just the story for you. This was a really well written and steamy piece of erotica that hit all the right spots for me. Just enough sex and balanced well with some great characterization.


mpyff said...

I've just started getting into erotica -always looking for new books to read. Thanks for the review - looks like I'll be checking this one out. And congrats on being a new Associate Reviewer! Welcome!!


Brie said...

I’m with you on being in the right mood (and this might sound like I need to be horny or something but honestly, that’s not the case!), half the time I end up skimming through the sex scenes, and if the plot is not interesting then the hot sex is just not enough to keep me engaged, I just feel like I’m reading porn. Now if the story is good, then the sex just makes it better.

In this review you said the magic words, sweet story, great characterization and hot erotica, so I’m definitely reading the book, the price is great!

Sayuri said...

@mpyff - Aww thanks for the congrats. I was very nervous about the review. I have a lot to live up to at Parajunkee.

@Brie - OMG I didn't even think that how that would sound. I defintely didn't mean horny! Hoenstly! LOL But you got it right on the money. Erotica as to be hot and intelligent or it's just porn. Thanks for the lovely comments.

NaKesha said...

Sexxorin’ lol. Cool word. I recently started reading more in this genre and I agree, it must be intelligent, flow with the plot as well as sexy or its like bad porn.

PJ, I love the guys tattoo on the header btw.

Shelagh said...

I also agree that a good erotic book needs to be about more than just the sex. The characters do need to make sense withing the context of the story.

And congratulations on your new position - a well handled review makes it a good start. :)

Anonymous said...

You go girl. I don't read this genre, but this review is making me want to! SEXAY!

C.G. Powell said...

Sounds interesting....Who doesn't love long lost loves hooking up? Thanks for sharing the review.

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